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Risk Factors of Skin Cancer & Reducing That Risk

Miami, FL (PRWEB) June 19, 2013

According to Fastcare,urgent care south Florida clinics, excessive sun exposure is perhaps the biggest and certainly most publicized risk factor of skin cancer, but that is just one of many potential factors that could lead to the development of skin cancer. Other risk factors include:

  •     Exposure to environmental hazards
  •     Radiation treatment
  •     Heredity may play a role
  •     Fair skin or light-colored eyes
  •     An abundance of large and irregularly-shaped moles
  •     Lived at high altitudes or with year-round sunshine
  •     And, of course, excessive sun exposure or blistering sunburns

The summer is officially here and Fastcare’s doctors in Aventura are advising their patients on 9 ways to stay protected and prevent skin cancer:

1. Reduce sun exposure - Especially between 11 am and 4 pm, when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest or when UV index is 3 or more.

2. Keep the skin in the shade - Seek shade under trees, or create a shade with a hat, shirt, or umbrella.

Wear clothing to cover arms and legs. Make sure the fabric has a tight weave. Fabric that is wet or has a loose weave will allow more light to penetrate through to the skin.
Wear a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses with UV protection.

3. Beware of clouds - Up to 80% of the sun’s rays can penetrate light clouds, mist and fog. Sunburn may occur even on a cloudy day.

4. Remember about reflection - Water, sand, snow and concrete can reflect up to 80% of the sun’s damaging rays.

5. Slop on the sunscreen - Use sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or more that contain both UVA and UVB protection.

Apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before going outside, and reapply every 2 hours (more often when working, playing, or swimming).

6. Avoid tanning salons and sunlamps - These lights emit mostly UVA radiation – up to 2 – 5 times as much as natural sunlight. UVA radiation causes sunburn, premature aging of the skin and skin cancer.

The UVB radiation from tanning lights is the main cause of sunburn and skin cancer and also contributes to premature skin aging.

7. Protect Children - The most harmful effects of sun exposure occur during early childhood. Keep babies under 1 year out of direct sunlight. Once infants turn 6 months of age, begin using a sunscreen for added protection. It’s important to protect your child’s eyes by using plastic lens sunglasses that protect against UVA and UVB rays.

Children should have arms and legs covered when out in the sun.

Instead of wearing baseball caps, they should wear hats with a wide brim, which provides more sun protection.

When children are playing in the water, make sure to use waterproof sunscreen.

8. Protect the eyes - Radiation from the sun can damage cells in the structures of the eyes. UV radiation from the sun may increase the risk of developing cataracts later in life. UV radiation can also contribute to the development of skin cancer on the eyelid or on the surface of the eye. This damage can be prevented by protecting your eyes with sunglasses that protect against 100% UVA and UVB rays. Wearing a hat with a wide brim all the way around when out in the sun. Legionnaire style caps (caps with a flap a back flap) are also recommended to help protect the neck, ears and face.

9. Spot check moles - Examine moles and freckles every month to check for any changes. See a health care provider immediately in case of: a mole or discoloration that appears suddenly or begins to change, a sore that does not heal, areas of skin that are red and bumpy, bleed or are itchy

Skin cancer can be cured if it’s found and treated early.

About: FastCare, emergency medical clinics centers offer a convenient, simple walk-in approach to healthcare. They treat a multitude of minor illnesses, injuries, and offer other medical services.

FastCare is not an emergency treatment center. They specialize in the immediate treatment of non-emergent illnesses and injuries. They are available when a family doctor is not available for an appointment. No one anticipates illnesses or accidents, and therefore Fastcare have created an environment where the immediate medical needs can be met.

For any questions about Skin Cancer or to contact an Urgent Care Facility in Miami Dade, please contact FastCare by calling 786-923-4000 or visit their website at

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